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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA
I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I believe that there are powerbrokers of a “protected class” in Chester County who want it to stay that way. Although another change of government in Coatesville can make a difference, judging from the past it will be a temporary difference. The profits from selling drugs are just too enormous to give up.
A federal prosecutor told me “Coatesville was ready to turn over and then these new guys came in”. He was talking about the “bloc of four”. I believe the federal prosecutors knew that revitalizing Coatesville and bringing new eyes on the street would eventually end the drug traffickers choke hold on Coatesville and shut down most of the trafficking in central and western Chester County.
The popular view is that the revitalization was shut down by the “bloc of four” and the administration they put in place. I think that it is the administration the alleged powerbrokers behind the scenes put in place that shut down revitalization.
As I see it, the problems with the current efforts at “revitalizing” Coatesville are the people who are setting it up. In Coatesville you don’t have to “follow the money”. The people engaged in alleged shady activity have a history and are fairly well known. You just examine who is involved behind the scenes to predict outcomes. Even though we may soon have a new government and administration the old one may have set up things to go in the powerbroker’s favor.
Those “certain places along Lincoln Highway” that I mentioned in the first sentence are in front of buildings that I believe are owned by members of a “protected class” in Chester County. I find it interesting that they go untouched in raids.
Long lived drug trafficking cannot exist without cooperation from public officials. Without cooperative public officials it is ordinary crime and not organized crime. It can be just looking the other way. I believe that the some people in County Government and even parts of the court system are a part of the problem in Coatesville. I think the real hope for Coatesville lies with Eric Holder and the USDoJ.
Police, Politics, Corruption by Frank McKetta former PA State Police Commissioner
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